October 2018 TBR : My Halloween To-Be-Read

October 2018 TBR: Reading a Pile of Horror Stories for Halloween

October is the perfect time of year to dive head-first into a giant pile of horror stories. It’s the spooky season! It’s time for some good scares! I don’t generally do a lot of talking about books on the channel, but with Halloween on the way I thought it would be fun to share my October 2018 TBR – that is, my “to be read” list. Let me know if you’re reading (or have read) any of these!

Nowhere to Hide” by Tracey Tobin

Cough cough…okay, yeah, this isn’t actually part of my TBR, but I couldn’t possibly pass up on an opportunity to share my own book! For those of you who may not know, “Nowhere to Hide” is my first novel, available on Amazon and Kindle. It’s a zombie apocalypse story, and if you’re not really a zombie person, don’t let that dissuade you! I have it on good authority that people who aren’t normally fans of zombies love it. So give it a look and support your favorite starving artist/content creator at the same time! Win-win!

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Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

Moving into my actual October 2018 TBR, the first book on my list is the classic Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein“. I’m a big fan of many of the movies that have come to life from this novel, but I’ve never read the actual book. I found this particular copy in a thrift shop and though, “Why not?”

I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about the book, given that it’s depicted entirely in correspondence (letters from one character to another, journal entries, etc.) but it’s a classic, dammit, so I’m going to give it a try!

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Classic Tales of Horror” by Edgar Allan Poe

Here we have more classics that  I’ve never actually read. “Classic Tales of Horror” is a compilation of Poe short stories, including such well-known ones as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. To my best recollection I’ve only ever read “The Raven”, so I’m excited to get into this one. I know many of the tales through movies and other popular media that have been based on or spoofed Poe’s tales, so it will be interesting to enjoy them in the format they were originally intended.

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The Lovecraft Compendium” by H.P. Lovecraft

I probably know most of Lovecraft’s works without even thinking about it, because I’ve seen a boat-load of movies based on them. As with the books above, however, I’ve never actually read any of them. Hence, I jumped at the opportunity to grab a copy of “The Lovecraft Compendium” when I found it on sale. This thin book is obviously not a full compendium, but it contains several of the stories that revolve around Cthulhu, and that is enthralling to me. What is creepier or more frightening than betentacled elder god that creeps beneath the ocean’s depths? Just typing out that sentence made me shudder.

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Carrie” by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of my literary heroes. I love his writing style, I’m amazed by what he manages to do within his stories, and he was my main inspiration for writing “Nowhere to Hide“. However, I got into King’s novels in the mid-2000’s, and started with the books that were being newly released at that time. Hence, I’ve never read a lot of his originals and classics. To this end, I thought I would go with “Carrie“, his first ever published book. We all know that his career exploded after this one, so surely it must be pretty damn good. I saved this one for the end of my October 2018 TBR because it seems like an excellent book to be reading up to the last few days before Halloween.

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Goosebumps” Series by R.L. Stine

Finally we have the broad entry of “Goosebumps books“, which I’ll be sharing with my daughter this Halloween! We’ve been collecting the series over the past year by way of flea markets and yard sales, and we’ve amassed quite a few of them. Adrianna and I will be reading a couple of chapters each night throughout October. I expect we’ll be able to get through three, but we’ll read more if possible. We’ve started out with “Welcome to Dead House”. After that we’ll move on to “Monster Blood” and “Say Cheese and Die”.

I think these will be the most fun books on my list because I’ll be reading them with Adrianna. It’s great that she gets to experience something new, while I get to experience the nostalgia of reading books from my childhood. Mommy-daughter reading time for the win!

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That’s my October 2018 TBR list, focusing on horror stories for Halloween month. Which ones have you already read? What do you plan on reading for October? Did you read Goosebumps books as a kid? Let me know in the comments, and let me know if you decide to check out any of the books I’ve shared! Happy reading, horror fans!


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